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Jewelry is collaboration. It is art in the hands of the maker, but becomes experience as the wearer embraces it and transforms their identity as well as that of the jewelry. Pristine on the wall, in the case, it changes to accommodate a new narrative. The history embedded in the work by the maker is transcribed, certain intonations changed – new story lines emerge. It is meant to be worn and is activated by its intended site -- yet that activation negates the full intent of the artist. Making – dialog – writing – meaning – retold through the position on the body, through viewer interaction with the wearer, through tradition. It now contains shaded meanings, yet they are complementary as jewelry is collaboration.

Lanelle Keyes is a studio jeweler whose current artistic investigations are founded in craft theory and material exploration. Since joining the SCAD jewelry and objects department in December 1999, she has actively engaged the academic community by teaching diverse course offerings, guiding special projects and serving on numerous college committees.

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.